Within the span of a week, the Obama and Clinton campaigns have both weathered the scandal-induced resignations of three key advisers. In this latest round of campaign poker, Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., stepped down Friday from the Illinois senator’s African American Religious Leadership Committee.


The Reverend Jeremiah Wright Jr., whose sermons raging against the U.S. have sparked controversy, is no longer formally tied to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s campaign, an Obama spokesman said late yesterday.

Wright, Obama’s longtime spiritual adviser and pastor of his Chicago church, was off Obama’s African American Religious Leadership Committee as of last night, said campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor, who didn’t elaborate. The move follows calls for Obama to sever connections to Wright after news outlets began airing some of the pastor’s past sermons.

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